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Wills & Power of Attorney

WILLS & POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

Wills, Notary & Affidavits

A Will is a very flexible legal document. With a Will, you can assign a person(s) or a financial institution to manage your estate after your death (your executor), specify who you want to leave your assets to (your beneficiaries), and identify guardians for your minor children.In addition, a Will helps to ensure that your estate is distributed as you wish, that your children will have the care and resources they need, and that your death doesn’t create a legal and administrative burden to your family.

Here are several excellent reasons why you need a valid Will:

  • Your Will clearly tells your surviving family members, friends and others how and when your wealth and personal property should be distributed. Without a valid Will, the provincial government decides for you.
  • In your Will you can name the person you want to serve as your minor children’s guardian should something happen to both you and your spouse. This person would be responsible for your children’s physical care, health care, education and general well-being until they reach 18 years of age (19 in some provinces). If you don’t name a guardian, there may be dispute among family members as to who is best suited to act as guardian, resulting in a need for court or provincial government involvement.
    (Note: while the courts will fulfill your guardianship request in most cases, they can still overrule your request if they feel that appointing a different guardian would be in the best interests of your children.)
  • You can make specific bequests legally-binding by including them in your Will.
  • Through your Will, you can provide for elderly parents who depend on you for care.
  • A Will ensures that favorite people, organizations, causes and even pets are beneficiaries of your estate if you wish.

Despite all of the benefits listed above, many people never get around to making their Will. This can result in costly litigation and additional emotional pain for loved ones—which is unfortunate, because making a Will can be simple and inexpensive.

Law Booth offers will drafting while you wait. Often a non-complex will can be drafted within 15 Minutes.

NOTARIAL SERVICES

We have a Notary Public and Commissioner on staff to execute many documents including the following:

  • Basic Will;
  • Commissioner of Oath;
  • Notary Public Stamp;
  • Certified True Copy;
  • Rental Agreement;
  • Power of Attorney;
  • Affidavit;
  • Travel Consent Letters; and
  • Invitation Letters.

Travel Consent Letters

Government of Canada strongly recommends that Canadian children carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives or with a group. For the purposes of this consent letter, a Canadian child is defined as anyone who is under the age of majority (18 or 19, depending on the province or territory of residence).

A consent letter is not a legal requirement in Canada, but it can simplify travel for Canadian children, as it may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving a foreign country or by Canadian officials when re-entering Canada. The letter demonstrates that Canadian children have permission to travel abroad from parents or guardians who are not accompanying them.

At Law Booth, we can draft the letter for you while you wait in as little as 15 minutes. We ask that the person(s) consenting bring two pieces of ID’s including a passport along with the full legal names, date of births and passport number of the children and the person(s) traveling with the children.

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